Minnesota Management and Budget officials will release their newest snapshot of the state economy and budget on Dec. 5.
The twice-annual budget forecast gives state officials and legislators the most up-to-date look at the state economy and sets the projected budget surplus or deficit.
Minnesota Management and Budget Commissioner Jim Schowalter and his staff keep the forecast a closely-held secret until release day.
The state has emerged from the worst recession since the Great Depression, but the partial federal government shutdown and other financial uncertainty in Washington, D.C., could have been a drag on Minnesota’s economy.
Minnesota senators sharply questioned federal appeals court judge Neil Gorsuch during Wednesday's Supreme Court confirmation hearings, grilling him on whether he'd be protect the interests of ordinary people over corporations.
Other business groups like realtors, electric utility Xcel Energy Services, private colleges, tobacco giant Altria, Polymet Mining, health insurers and hospitals contributed to the overall total of $57.7 million to lobby the Legislature, the administration of Gov. Mark Dayton and Metro municipal governments.